ABOUT THE AREA
Living in the district
Bradford is home to over half a million people, and many of them have roots which extend all over the world.
The result is a melting pot of nationalities, cultures and colourful characters with some incredible stories to tell. In fact, with an open mind you can travel much of the globe without travelling further than the city centre.
However, should you wish to travel further afield, it’s easy to do so. The city is home to extensive rail, road and bus networks and, thanks to the excellent transport infrastructure, many of our staff choose to live in outlying villages and commute into the city. In fact, Zoopla recently named both Bingley and Ilkley, home to many of our employees, among the UK’s top 10 places to live and commute.
Bradford is well served by motorways with the city’s own, the M606, bringing you within 1.5 miles of the city centre and linking with the M1, A1 and M6 via the M62.
The area offers a high standard of living at an affordable price, with good schools in attractive areas. There are fantastic educational links with Bradford University and Bradford College to develop skills for the future and exploit digital technologies.
Bradford Interchange is situated in the city centre where it is well served by National Express, and the city is also home to two central train stations, Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square, which connect into intercity services to London, Manchester and further afield.
There are also local services throughout the district with Ilkley, Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley, Skipton and Keighley all boasting their own stations.
Bradford is also home to Leeds-Bradford International Airport, with flights departing to destinations across the globe.
Thanks to a high proportion of families, Bradford is now the UK’s ‘youngest city’ – and one of its most dynamic too. Bradford was recently named by Barclays, no less, as the best place in the UK to start a high-growth business, and earlier this year online property portal Zoopla placed both Bingley and Ilkley, home to many of our staff, among the UK’s top 10 places to live and commute.
But don’t just take our word for it. Bradford and its stunning surrounds have inspired some of Britain’s best writers, playwrights, poets, architects, engineers, artists, thinkers, and medics too.
Bradford is also home to a raft of awe-inspiring destinations including Haworth and Bronte country, Ilkley and Wharfedale, Saltaire World Heritage Site, City Park, Cartwright Hall, the National Museum of Science and Technology, the Alhambra Theatre and some truly breath-taking countryside.
Back in 1907, the city’s Green Lane Primary School became the very first in the UK and arguably the world to serve hot meals to pupils in response to children collapsing from hunger – a policy which was soon rolled out nationwide in the form of the Provision of School Meals Act.
In 1960, Bradford Royal Infirmary made international headlines following pioneering working in the fight against breast cancer from our own George Whyte Watson and Professor Robert Lowry Turner. Their research into chemotherapy gave the hospital a worldwide reputation for cancer treatment.
And in 2009 Bradford became the world’s first UNESCO City of Film thanks to a long history of producing both films and the technology that creates them, including the Cieroscope, invented in Manningham in 1896.
As writer and Bradford lad JB Priestley said: “…in Bradford, you need never be walled in, bricked up, as folk must be in London. Those great bare heights, with a purity of sky above and behind them, are always there, waiting for you. And not very far beyond them, the authentic dale country begins. There is no better country in England.”